Xbox Could Offer Streaming Stick For Game Pass Subscribers

In addition to streaming for your phones, tablets, and (eventually) your PC and Xbox consoles, Microsoft could be offering a dedicated streaming stick that comes free with a Game Pass subscription. All you would need is a TV and a controller to start playing your favorite Xbox games.

Speaking to Stratechery (via The Verge), head of Xbox Phil Spencer didn’t outright confirm such a device is coming, but he very heavily hinted at it.

“You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gives you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying a controller,” Spencer said.

This could be similar to what Google Stadia allows via its Chromecast Ultra stick, and it would be ideal for anyone who wants a console-style Xbox experience but doesn’t have the need or the space for a traditional system. Stadia has tried

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer hints at an xCloud streaming stick

These remarks were part of a conversation around Xbox All Access. Unlike Sony, Microsoft is offering a 24-month payment plan for its next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series S and X. As part of the deal, customers gain access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes a library of downloadable games on PC and Xbox hardware, as well as streamable titles via xCloud. Spencer revealed that the Xbox team has debated internally whether All Access should be pitched as ‘Xbox Game Pass Platinum’ instead. He then talked about a plan that gives you “some kind of hardware guarantee” when new consoles are launched.

“We did that a little bit with Xbox One last year,” he explained. “Where if you got into All Access, you were guaranteed to get front in line when the Series X came out. People didn’t know the name [of the new console] at the time, but yeah.”

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Microsoft xCloud Streaming Service Adds 10 More Titles With Touch Controls

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  • “Dead Cells” and “Killer Instinct” are among the 10 titles that offer touch support on xCloud
  • xCloud allows users to play games with either a wireless controller or touch controls
  • On-screen controls can be moved around for an optimal fit for individual players

Microsoft has confirmed 10 more titles with touch controls that will be available on its xCloud game streaming service.

The xCloud service allows users to play games with either a wireless controller or through touch controls but prior to this announcement, only “Minecraft Dungeons” had touch control support.

The 10 confirmed titles are “Dead Cells,” “Guacamelee! 2,” “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice,” “Hotshot Racing,” “Killer Instinct,” “New Super Lucky’s Tale,” “Slay The Spire,” “Streets of Rage 4,” “Tell Me Why,” and “UnderMine.”

Touch controls are integrated differently depending on the game at hand, GameSpot noted. In the case of “Hellblade,” different controls are seen when a player

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Smartphone-Focused Streaming Service Quibi Calls It Quits

Just six months after going live, Quibi, the streaming video service co-founded by Hollywood icon Jeffrey Katzenberg, is going dark. The platform delivered 5- to 10-minute snippets of video specifically formatted for smartphone screens. The service sought to create a new category of short-form entertainment for the mobile era, but unfortunately, things didn’t work out quite as planned. 

Quibi launched back in April with two tiers, an ad-supported plan for $4.99 per month, or an ad-free plan for $7.99. The service sought to differentiate itself from the competition by featuring programming that was filmed in both portrait and landscape, allowing viewers to choose their preference. Unfortunately, Quibi didn’t provide a TV app while customers were trapped at home due to the pandemic, and it never gained traction.

Couple wearing wool socks huddled on the couch watching television or streaming video.

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The company faced a number of challenges in its short life, the most onerous of which was an ongoing

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Meet the investors who lost big on mobile streaming startup Quibi

  • Mobile streaming startup Quibi raised over $1.75 billion before even releasing a product. Now, the startup has shuttered after only six months after its product launch — and says it has only $350 million to pay back to investors.
  • Business Insider took a close look at the investors who backed the company, which was co-founded by Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman and tried to revolutionize TV for smartphones.
  • Quibi’s biggest early investor was Madrone Capital Partners, the family office of the Waltons, the family dynasty that built Walmart. Take a look at who else made the list and who stands to lose the most. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Before launching any product, mobile streaming startup Quibi was the talk of the town, raising over $1.75 billion from backers ranging from Fox to Alibaba.

Now, the six-month-old startup has gone kaput, and says it has only $350 million

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